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Revealed! 16 average footballers with absolutely incredible medal collections

World Cup winners, multiple Champions League victors and more. We're not saying this lot were bad footballers, but their epic trophy hauls probably surpass their ability...

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Jose Bosingwa

Champions League, Primeira Liga (4), Taca de Portugal, FA Cup (2)

Only a handful of players have won the Champions League with two different clubs. One of them is full-back Jose Bosingwa, who also collected four Portuguese league titles with Porto, two FA Cups with Chelsea, and 17 consecutive Premier League Eyebrows of the Month Awards.

After hogging the Champions League celebration images with Chelsea in 2012, he departed in the summer to join QPR, who were quickly relegated.

Martin Montoya

Champions League, La Liga (3), Copa del Rey (2)

An understudy to an all-time great, full-back Martin Montoya joined Barcelona’s fabled academy at the age of eight but found himself stuck behind Dani Alves in the pecking order.

He made 45 league appearances for the Catalans in five years, but that was enough to see him win La Liga three times, as well as the Champions League in 2015. He left Barcelona when his contract expired in 2016 and was picked up on a free by Valencia.

Djimi Traore

Champions League, FA Cup, League Cup, Coupe de la Ligue

Best remembered by Liverpool fans for Cruyff-turning the ball into his own net in an FA Cup tie against Burnley, and the resulting song, French defender Traore will look back on his spell on Merseyside rather differently.

He joined the Reds in 1999, but barely played until the 2002-03 season, when he helped them win the League Cup. Two years later, Liverpool won the Champions League against Milan, almost despite Traore who made a number of errors as the Italians took a 3-0 half-time lead. An FA Cup win the following year completes an unlikely hat-trick of medals from his time in English football.

Jesper Blomqvist

Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup, Alllsvenskan (5)

It’s fair to say that the Swedish winger wouldn’t have started the 1999 Champions League Final if Roy Keane and Paul Scholes had been available. It turned out to be his last game for Manchester United, and the perfect way to cap a very efficient season in which he won it all – FA Cup, Premier League and Champions League, to add to multiple Swedish league titles and a third place at the 1994 World Cup.

He spent the next two seasons out injured, before spells in the treatment rooms of Everton and Charlton Athletic. A few years ago, Blomqvist admitted that he dropped his Champions League medal in the celebrations. He probably got injured bending down to try to pick it back up.

Roque Junior

World Cup, Champions League, Campeonato Paulista (2), Copa do Brasil, Copa Libertadores, Coppa Italia

The arrival of a Brazilian international center back on loan was greeted with much excitement at Elland Road, but seven games and 24 goals conceded later, the Leeds fans were starting to have second thoughts about Roque Junior. He’d spent much of his career in Brazil with Palmeiras, where he won the Copa Libertadores before joining AC Milan and helping them win the Champions League in 2003 (he came off the bench in the final).

Roque Junior was also part of Brazil’s surprisingly solid 2002 World Cup winning side – although having Ronaldinho, Rivaldo and Ronaldo in front of him probably helped.